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Nelson sends three to state track and field meet

Byron Nelson's Brandon Bowen reacts after he clears 6 feet 9 inches to win the UIL 6A Region I high jump.
Byron Nelson's Brandon Bowen reacts after he clears 6 feet 9 inches to win the UIL 6A Region I high jump. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Byron Nelson track and field team has a lot to be confident about as it heads into the upcoming state meet this weekend, as three of its athletes won regional championships this past weekend to put them among the favorites to bring home some hardware from Austin.

Sanaa Barnes and Brandon Bowen won the high jump competition on the girls and boys sides respectively, and Leilyn Miles captured first place in the shot put competition to advance to the state meet where the Bobcats hope to make a splash.

Barnes won the high jump competition at the regional meet with a jump of 5-9.

The jump was a three-inch improvement from her effort at the area meet, where she completed a jump of 5-6 to claim an area round championship as well.

She jumped a 5-7 at the district meet to win first place overall there, and Barnes also took 10th place overall in the long jump competition at the regional meet with a jump of 17-2-25.

Bowen was also able to bring home a regional title in the high jump event, leaping to a 6-9 victory for the Bobcats.

Bown actually finished second at the district meet with a jump of 6-2 in order to advance to area.

The Nelson high jumper then rallied to win an area-round championship with a jump of 6-4 to head into regionals on a high note.

Bowen also finished fifth in the long jump with a length of 22-7.75 at the regional meet.

Leilyn Miles finished the district meet with a throw of 44-7.75 in the shot put event and followed that up with a throw of 43-11.25 at the area meet this year.

Miles won a regional championship with a throw of 46-4 for Nelson.

The state track and field meet will be Thursday through Saturday in Austin.

Coach Jason Spoor could not be reached for comment for this story.

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